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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749958286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749958282
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BabyCalm is a brilliant, positive resource that focuses on intuition, feelings, love and trust. (Sheena Byrom OBE, freelance midwifery advisor)

Everything [said] in the book really resonated with the way we hoped we would parent (Dame Sarah Storey)

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Babycalm TM (www.babycalm.co.uk) is an award-winning company running a unique blend of early parenting classes with one aim: to turn stressed-out new parents and crying babies into happier parents and calmer babies. This book shares their inspiring ethos and methods.

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This book is a gem!

When I was pregnant I was nervous about what to do and how. I bought a baby book by a different author, misled by the title into thinking it would teach me how to make my child happy. I remember my husband commenting on my contorted facial expressions when I read about bizarre rituals where the day was broken into 20 minute slots dictating how long I bath my baby, how much milk I should express and when, when I eat my breakfast, and specifically what I must eat.

Unsurprisingly it turned out the author of that book had never had children. It went in the bin, so no one else could read it.

Baby Calm is the delightful antidote (written by a mother of four) and I so wish it had been published 6 years earlier!

Every parent should read this book if they want sensible advise on how to deal with becoming a parent and the needs of a newborn, while maintaining their own calm and sanity,

If you're going to be a parent, you need this.
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After reading books by people like Tracy Hogg which made me feel like I was doing it all wrong & whose ideas about sleep training went against everything I wanted to do, this book gave me the confidence to do what I thought was right! So happy I read it, it's made me a happier more confident mum & my baby is happier too!
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This is the book I wish I had read before I had my daughter. I buy it for every pregnant friend now! Although it is full of excellent baby calming tips based on current research evidence, the main message that comes across from this book is allowing new mothers to trust their instincts again when it comes to parenting, resisting the notion that the baby trainers way of enforced routines and strict parenting guidelines is the only way to raise a child. As a midwife I wish I could give a copy out to every new mother on discharge home! You won't regret purchasing this book. I simply cannot wait for the ToddlerCalm book to be released later this year!
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As an antenatal teacher, preparing new parents for life with a baby, this is the book I have been waiting for. I will recommend it to every new parent. Finally someone talking some sense and encouraging new parents to trust their instincts. What we now need is a companion copy written for dads because (like most parenting books) this is primarily aimed at mothers and in order to support women to be the mothers they want to be, her partner must be on side with her decisions.
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This book has come 6 1/2 months too late for me but is reassuring nonetheless. It is SO supportive of mothers and their natural instincts that its had me crying with tears of relief that we have been doing OK all this time regardless of what the 'experts' say.

It is very general, so don't buy this book if you want to know what to do and when to do it with your baby, its all about trusting your instinct and going with what feels right.

The secret is that there are no magic answers, there are suggestions in this book that may help but my baby cried a lot, even though we co-slept and he was 'worn'.

I don't agree with everything in it. We don't let our son cry it out but he usually cries a bit before he goes to sleep because he's tired. There's a big difference between that and leaving him to scream until he collapses to sleep. As with all books take from it what is useful to you.

If you are going to buy a baby book I'd urge you to buy this one and avoid The Baby Whisperer et al like the plague they are likely to make you feel a failure and make you and your baby cry even more.
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Bought this book as a first time mum to be. I've decided to buy a spectrum of books from those advocating being led by maternal instincts, such as this one, and also more "help manuals" in the hope that by reading a range of things I will be able to find a suitable mid point in my parenting style. I'm enjoying this book so far and am almost half ways through only having had it for a day or so. It's easy to read, nice writing style and full explanations and real life stories, cementing ideas and considering different view points. I'm particularly enjoying the sections on so called sleep training and also co sleeping, lots of food for thought. I would recommend this book.
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I am actually sad that I didn't have this wonderful book from the day my daughter was born, I wasted those precious early days worrying about her routine, her sleep, what she was "meant" to be doing, what I was meant to be doing!
This book empowers mothers to trust their own maternal instincts, to watch the baby not the clock. It doesn't tell you that you're a failure as a mother if you don't want to leave your baby to cry, infact it provides support for all the things you are feeling when the world around you seems so fragile. Sarah (author) reassures you that all is ok and quite normal, she reminds us of newborn behaviour and that what society has tricked us into believing is not true and that following your natural instincts is the right and only thing to do!
I will be buying this book for every friend who becomes pregnant.
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Chapter 1: Trusting your maternal instincts. That's what this book is all about. And backing up this opinion with the latest scientific evidence and real parents' experiences.

This book is refreshingly honest, heartfelt and, well, real.

The author claims to not be a `baby expert'.

This may raise a few eyebrows as how can she not be an expert?

However, once you read the book you will see how the label of `baby expert' can easily lead to you, as a new parent, thinking that you cannot know enough to be the expert on your own baby.

And that is a horrible mistake.

It doesn't matter whether you've never even held a baby in your arms before you hold your own. It doesn't matter if you know you don't have a maternal or paternal bone in your body. None of that matters.

When it comes to you having a baby, you simply need to spend time learning about your baby. He or she will tell you what he/she needs if you will only trust yourself to listen.

And you and your baby will begin an amazing journey together. I did; Sarah Ockwell-Smith did; and many others who've gone before you did.

Remember it's your choice how to parent, your choice what and who to listen to.

How can you go wrong if you truly listen to your baby and follow your instincts?

If you need some help justifying this to yourself then read this book - the science and the stories will convince you. If you need some help convincing others (like well-meaning family and friends) that you're doing the right thing, then again read this book or point them towards it. You will never regret it. And if you need them there are plenty of tools outlined in the book you can use to help you in the journey.
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